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Commercial electric flying could become reality by as soon as 2021


Could these electric planes be a solution to the pressing need for the aviation industry to reduce its carbon emission?

The flight route that connects the remote town of Hana with the main parts of the Hawaiian island of Maui could become the first ever where a commercial airline flies an electric plane, thanks to L.A.-based electric plane startup Ampaire.


Instead of building new planes, which could cost US$200 million dollars and require 10 years of development and certification, the company modifies a plane with two propellers, with one propeller replaced with a fully electric drivetrain, and the other with the original fuel system as a backup.


Ampaire is looking to partner with Mokulele Airlines, which flies short routes in Hawaii, and hopes to have passengers booking a flight on one of its electric planes by as soon as 2021.

Elsewhere, in Israel, Eviation aims to bring a fully electric plane to market by 2021, while US-based aircraft manufacturer start-up Zunum Aero, backed by Boeing and Jet Blue, hopes to deliver its first hybrid-electric planes in 2022, and Wright Electric is currently working on a larger, 180-passenger plane that is targeted to come to market in 2027.


Could these electric planes be a solution to the pressing need for the aviation industry to reduce its carbon emission? Read more in the Fast Company article here.

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